Trade by value and volume was up this week, but Bordeaux activity slowed. The Fine Wine 50 dipped slightly (-0.1%), closing Thursday at 339.68. First Growth trade was also lower at 15.5%. Lafite Rothschild was the most active (33%) of the Bordeaux Premier Crus, followed by Mouton Rothschild (24%) and Latour (22%).
Burgundy and the ‘Others’ were both solid. The ‘Others’ were boosted by the USA with a number of Screaming Eagle vintages finding the bid. They included the 2012, 2011, 2010, 2006 and 1994. The 2012 and 2010 have both been awarded 100 points by Robert Parker. He said the 2010 was “opulent and full-bodied with multidimensional personality, gorgeous purity and a stunning, flawless texture.”
Activity for Burgundy was boosted by Ponsot Clos Roche Vv 2012, Armand Rousseau Chambertin 2012 and DRC Montrachet 1995. The most active vintages from the region were the 2014, 2013 and 2010.
The top five wines traded by value were all from Bordeaux, apart from Sassicaia 2013. The Super Tuscan traded at an all-time high of £1,190 per 12×75. Antonio Galloni downgraded Sassicaia 2013 from an original barrel score of 93-96+ to 92 points in-bottle. He said that “several recent bottles haven’t been as impressive as the barrel samples were last year.”
Petit Mouton 2014 and Mission Haut Brion 2012 were among the top five wines by value and volume this week. According to Robert Parker, Mission Haut Brion 2012 displays First Growth levels of quality. He awarded it 97 points.
97-point Fleur Petrus 2010 hit an all-time high of £2,018 this week and is now trading on the Exchange just 2.7% below the identically scored Fleur Petrus 2009.
Looking for weekend reading? This week, Liv-ex published two more blogs on Bordeaux 2007 – Ten years on: Sauternes 2007 and Ten years on: Right Bank 2007. Liv-ex also looked at wines from the Bordeaux 2009 and 2010 vintages that carry identical scores – Great gaps or little difference: Bordeaux 2009 and 2010.